Mzee’s unhinged speech

If you stand in the way of the NRM after patiently working and negotiating, we shall remove you. If you are doing other things, we may not be happy, but we shall ignore you” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (20.08.2020).

Today is the final day of the National Resistance Movement Delegation Conference ahead of the 2021 elections. It has been very standard, but the today the President is holding his Address to the Nation. Which is like most of his speeches. He has done the same over the years. Tonight is no difference.

He will do his thing and tonight was nothing different. That’s why I will just take a few small quotes. Address them and call it a night.

Here we go:

I thank NRM people for participating in the past election. Stop being enemies of yourselves. Our only enemy is the one who tries to block our forward movement” (Museveni 20.08.2020).

That is why we fought with Idi Amin. Some people say we fought Amin because he killed people. Even if he hadn’t killed people, we would remove him because he didn’t understand our mission” (Museveni, 20.08.2020).

‘I have met people like Full Figure, Buchaman. I demand that the NRM leaders avoid the politics of elitism. In Luweero, when we were fighting, we were with the people” (Museveni, 20.08.2020).

It is just like we are supposed to brush over these things. That the President goes to these attacks on people. He does it so easily. Makes people targets and shows his attitude. The president always got to remove, crush or get rid off. That is just his ways and he doesn’t know anything else at this point.

What is also striking is that he continues to forge the narrative around the bush-war. It is a story that never gets old. It a revolving door. He even proves what was his mission. The mission wasn’t to liberate, but for him to rule. To ensure that the NRM got power. The importance wasn’t to get rid of Amin and Obote. No, it was only for the NRM to rule and for him to stay in power. This is what he initially stated today. You gloss over that, but incidentally what his saying, which is showing the grim reality of his reign. When that was the goal of the whole bush-war for him.

That his continuing to pound for the ghetto as a result of Bobi Wine’s rise. His doing this to prove his stature that and also his party. However, that is a neglected area. He can try to softly make it into the struggle story, but that doesn’t make it more true. As the NRM haven’t done much for the ghettos, but now want to be seen as the saviours of it.

Therefore, the whole speech today was just another one. There was nothing brilliant about it. Just another rant… Peace.

Opinion: LDU becoming the new SRB?

The more I see, the more vicious, more outrageous and more devastation there is. The Local Defence Unit (LDU) are a paramilitary, trained military outfit in the streets. The thousands of trained soldiers on the beat. Going around “supposedly” to secure the streets and the people in their area.

Instead we are seeing footage, pictures and reports of sudden death. Fatalities, people murdered in cold blood by these LDUs. Old people, students, farmers and roughing up Local Councillors. These LDUs got no nerves and can pop-off at any minute. They can be the judge, the hangman and the undertaker at the same moment.

It is just more of victims of these LDUs across the Republic. From Karamoja to Kampala. There is no place where they don’t kill. Where people are not murdered by the state paramilitary organization. Just within the lockdown there been about 60 people dead by the LDUs. While none has still officially been registered as dead as of COVID-19.

This is in 2020, where the only man with a vision. Where the self-styled President for life. The man who took the mantle and made peace. Inevitably have made his own State Research Bureau (SRB). Maybe Hotel Serena isn’t a torture house or a “safe house”, but there are plenty of other ungazetted “safe houses” throughout the Republic. There is also Nalufenya and Luzira awaiting political criminals any day now.

The LDUs with their potential of death. Could easily be our days SRB, which is profound. As the current day President always claims to be better than Obote and Amin. Still, he commit the same sins as the predecessors. Just think about the killings of Kasese, Muslim Clerics and High Ranking Officials who has died without any follow up in the courts or investigation over the years.

Life was cheap under Amin and Obote, but so it seems also under Museveni. Unless, your part of the Kitchen Cabinet and one of the inner circles. Then your life is more valued the gold minted in Entebbe.

When they easily assault, harm and kill individuals all across the Republic. That sets a bad precedence, but also signals of a starch warning to whom they come across. There is no justification, just being at the wrong place at the wrong time and you life can be ended.

If this so-called revolution of the 1980s was supposed to spark a difference, a fundamental change, why does it smell like the past?

Why does the actions of today’s paramilitary group act like the predecessors did?

Shouldn’t there be a difference and occasionally see significant change?

No, we are at the same junction. If it wasn’t for cellphones and footage of the violence, the extra-judicial killings. We wouldn’t know about it this quickly. It would be later in the bulletin in the Daily Monitor or New Vision. It is now for the world to see and its viral.

The same issues of the past. The ones that this administration, this regime was supposed to be different from. Apparently, it was all a lie. A rouse, a mirage, which triggered donors and believers. However, the innocent still dies on the hand of soldiers. They are named LDU, but could have just been the ugly cousin of the SRB. Peace.

Opinion: Is Amin relevant in 2020? [Mr. 1986 thinks so]

Uganda’s economy had collapsed completely during Amin’s time. There is no economy in the world that collapsed completely like Uganda. To revive this economy, our priorities were different from other neighboring countries. As a country, we budget to build a durable base and a viable political unit that will defend us. It’s like building the armed forces, if you don’t have an army, you don’t have education, security, health, etc”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to US and Belgium Ambassadors at the Entebbe State House on the 25th June 2020

Sometimes I wonder, how come these folks are still in power and leading nations? Yes, we should never become so ignorant or forget our history. That is not my point here. History is important so we can learn and not do the same mistakes as our forefathers. Also get enlighten to create a better tomorrow.

However with that in mind, the statement released from yesterday’s meeting with US and Belgium Ambassador from the President is worrying. Since he needs to go back 40 years in time. He needs to go back to the time before the second stint of President Milton Obote. That’s how far he goes to give himself credit.

The President wouldn’t have gotten all the goodwill and the revival of the economy if it wasn’t for donors, grants and direct aid for years. The President was a donor darling in the 1990s and was blessed from everywhere. He even started some positive initiatives, which he never really finished. Just like the Standard Gauge Railway, Universal Primary Education for all and so fourth.

There are plenty of pledges and promises never realise or actually do. The President has promised the world, a fundamental change, but that hasn’t come. The King never let thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done. He has eaten in office and forgotten his vision, his vision and the 10 point programme.

That he praises his economy, when the budget is mostly financed with debt, raising loans and grants for development projects. There are over half of the budget covered with debt and already paying trillion of shillings a year only in interests alone. Therefore, him praising the economy is a bit far-fetched when deficit financing is the key to operate. You know something is up and that is why he needs to sweet-talk the dignitaries yesterday. They are the ones giving him the needed funds to cover his life-style and pay off his cronies.

The state have not the capacity nor the revenue to continue at the current state. That is why its loaning itself to oblivion. That is why the budgets are crushed and suddenly lacking funds for salaries, arrears and whatnot.

If he had so many achievements he wouldn’t need to beg foreigners for donations and grants. He has done this for over 3 decades. If he was such a great head of state the state would have been able to gain natural revenue on itself for its expenditure. However, we know that is not the case and his not interested in that.

I think if Amin’s reign is relevant for his achievements. today Yes he made peace, but a fake peace. A peace that is fragile, because he needs the army in every instance and at his beckon-call. There is very little remaining of his achievements. They are dwindling away and his merits on civic, social and political levels are being traded away for the cost of his prolonged reign. It is like he wants to burn the little efforts of the past on the glory of being the ruler at present day.

The rest wasn’t all him, but he tries to take credit for everything. He wants so badly to be the father of the nation, but lost his grip. Since he lost foothold of reality and of the course the Republic needed.

So in this regard, should the old man with the hat still be claiming greatness in comparison to Amin in 2020? Does the younger generation, the new electorate really care about that? Does the future hold another destruction of society and another civil created out of the space post-Amin?

If so, then the merits of Museveni is all at question. As the warnings that he might rejuvenate a similar fashion of elections like in 1980. That is how we are repeating the same ills of the past and letting one tyrant continue the tyranny. This is why the President wants to praise his achievements after him. Everyone will look golden if they are trying to compare themselves to Amin at this point.

Mr. 1986 should be careful about talking about his record, his achievements and his reign. The President has had his time. The time that he hasn’t spent wisely, except for finding ways to overstay.. Peace.

The Long Walk to False Liberation: “Africa Kwetu” by President Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni’s trek code-named “Africa Kwetu” through the seven districts of Wakiso, Nakaseke, Mityana, Kiboga, Kasandha, Mubende and Kakumiro has been brought forward to January, 4th 2020. The trek is scheduled for six days and is meant to retrace routes used by the NRA fighters during the liberation struggle” (NBS Television, 01.02.2020).

Well, it is a long time ago when President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni took power. He took it and never left. The reality is that there was promise in this man, his words and his speeches resembled hope at one point. However, that point was a false flag, it was just an empty promise. With time he would prove that he was just like the previous masters, only more conning and willing to use all tools to stay in power.

Now, he works on his image, he tries to act as an elder statesman. Even though it is more lecturing and forged history lessons, than actually being an respected leader. If he would have joined this regarded people, who is seen as elder statesmen. He would have actually groomed someone before he had changed his own constitution to abolish term limits and age limit. You can be longer and older President, than what your allowed to as working-class, blue-collar civil servant in the state apparatus.

That is the Republic of Museveni. He wants to celebrate his legacy, his biggest victory, unleashing his National Resistance Movement and the renegades of 1980s. But they have become fat, entitled and enriching themselves on the benefit of the public. They are taking the land, the industries, the exports and the monetary wealth. While the rest is only getting the cold-leftovers. And with every election a small token of soap, a few thousands shillings and a free t-shirt if they are lucky.

That is what Museveni has brough them. If not, he changed the district they live in several of times, there been some Prime Ministers, some Vice-Presidents and even a few ministers. But, the President stands put, while everyone else comes and goes. Some NRA historicals are in the inner-circle, others are still having influence and matters locally. That is just the way it is.

So, the walk that is upcoming is more a propaganda show. It is to show how the NRA liberated the NRM, but didn’t liberate the public. Because, everyone else has to ask permission, get licences and so-on. The others has to be able and have the right connections to be able to do their thing. Not like everyone is allowed or have the ability to speak free, have the freedom to assemble and even communicate without consequences. That is because the President and his men wants everyone behind him. They cannot have rebels, even if they came out a rebellion themselves.

The walk towards “home” isn’t all that. It is a walk and a side-show, a long procession of finenessign the circumstances. However, the costs and the mockery of the events will happen. As the grandeur, the display as the latest victor will happen. The undermine every single other actor in the past. Every single one who lost and who was discarded will either be dishonoured or false claims upon. That is because Museveni and his men conquered and they WON.

President Museveni might do this as a display of power, history and call it liberty. It made him free, his associates, but it didn’t free the shackles of society. It just changed the master, made a more sinister ruler, who knows the ills of the past and uses those to his advantage. He knows the remedies, he spoke of them in the past, but he has instead revamped them and used those himself. That is the sort of leader he is.

So, for him in walk of celebration of greatness, of grandeur and prestige. Is just an attempt of selling his story to the next generation. Hoping they buy into the false promise and the false prophet of 1980s. The man for the peasants, the man for the villager, but instead became the man for himself. Peace.

Makerere University: Sound the alarm for more horror, not the bell for dialogue

Even as the Acting Vice Chancellor Umar Kakumba and Police Force earlier in the day called for dialogue. As the media houses are still in darkness on the acts done on campus. The little we do know is through the grapevine and through the leaks of the students with data-bundles and topping off airtime.

What we do know is that armed forces are again raiding the Lumumba Hall and Micthell Hall too. There are gunshots, live-bullets and tear-gas. That is done inside the halls as we speak at night. Students are targeted by armed personnel. Some says its the Special Force Command (SFC), others are saying military men in plain clothes. We cannot be certain, its not like the commander of these operations has gone public and taken credit for this assault on the student.

Its on its second week of assault, raids and violent oppression of the students at the campus of Makerere. The government persist with this and acts of indifference to the pleas of the student guild, the leadership and the needs of the students. As they want to violently overturn their voices.

They are torturing, making their homes as students into war-zones as the armed personnel barge into their lives with weapons and ammunition. We cannot know the possible damage nor the hurt this causes. Both the hurt of the flesh, but also the damage it does on the mental stability of these young students as their lives are shaken by the military presence in their homes.

This is the third raid, there are already plenty reporting on the amount of people already hospitalized and raped by the armed forces. With yet another night like this. We cannot rest assure, knowing that there will be more. Because, these men and these commander spear no-one apparently. They besiege and attack everyone into submission.

If this is what the NRA fought for, than they fought for nothing. Because this is the same old regime they overthrow. This is the same acts of brutality and insincere statehood, which the previous predecessors was known for. That is the memo the public gets from this, that the revolution eats its kids. In this instance, the youth studying at the prestigious Makerere University.

What is not yet verified is that the one leaked the video of tonight’s raid was shot and killed by the armed personnel there. We don’t know, but that is latest report on the matter. Also, that the raid is done to find the 7 ring leaders of the strike, but they cannot find them. Surely, this is a sinister act where the industrial action is not allowed and has to be treated like enemies of the state. That is the message the state is sending to these students and everyone living on campus. Peace.

Makerere University: Acting VC blames the victims for the violence…

“Management is investigating cases of violence. Students who beat their colleagues and disrupted lectures. We have received cases of students who were battered and forced out of lecture rooms by fellow students, these incidents were captured and recorded” Ag. VC Umar Kakumba (Makerere University, 28.10.2019).

This is so A-Typical the behaviour of a rouge state, where the perpetrators are walking scotch free and the ones hurt, vilified and terrorized is the criminals. In this instance, it’s the students, the ones living on campus and at the Ivory Tower. The ones living at Lumumba and so on. They are the ones who has to be investigated.

Even if the army put up a army barracks, as the photos, the video-clips and so-on shows the intention of the armed forces violating the premises, hurting the students and the police later arresting them. There was 100 students arrested, central guild leaders, some are even kidnapped and not known where they are located as I write. Therefore, the Management of the University should be a bit more careful putting the blame on the students here.

This is washing away the blame for having soldiers violating the students rights to demonstrate, the police arresting them and the court allowing them out on bail. While several are in the hospital and one reported dead after the damages done. While the real numbers from the actions made last week is yet to be known. Because, this violence and this sort of actions doesn’t come without any results.

The state went in gung-ho. They went in with fierce precision, tear-gas, raiding the homes and hostels, they arrested and tortured the students. Now, days after this, the Acting VC blames them! How dare he? They don’t have tear-gas and weapons, that is what the state has.

Let’s be serious. This is a real infliction of harm on the future generation, this is showing how remorseful the leadership of today is. That they cannot stomach demonstrations, from the hot-seat of it in the Republic. There has always been rebellion and demonstrations at Makerere. As long as I can remember, but not with the assault of armed soldiers in the harms way of the students. This isn’t common and neither common sense.

The management and the state today are now throwing shade on the ones tortured, arrested and hospitalized. They are saying indirectly its their fault. They will investigate fellow students, but not the soldiers acts of oppression. The videos has exposed this, but hasn’t been touched, because then the Management of Makerere Univeristy would challenge the government and it cannot do that.

Therefore, it is the game of blaming the victim, to make the perpetrator innocent. It’s disgusting and disgraceful. Peace.

Makerere University letter to Guild President Kateregga (27.10.2019)

Makerere University Protests: A return of a grim past, which is now haunting the campus!

7. Functions of the Defence Forces

The functions of the Defence Forces are –

(c) to foster harmony and understanding between the defence forces and civilians” (UPDF Act 2005).

What we have seen of photos,videos and so on from Makerere University this week has been heartbreaking. Combined with the efforts of the army to console power, assault the halls of student housing on campus and done despicable acts of violence. This is soldiers in plain clothes violating students and their homes, while cracking down on their industrial action of protest against rising student fees. Therefore, we have seen insufferable levels of violence against civilians by soldiers at Makerere.

The UPDF have thrown tear-gas into rooms, raided rooms of students, raped and arrested them. They have tortured and done acts no-one should ever do. Still, they have done this on orders by the army and gotten there because the Vice-Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe who got them to torment the students.

First I will show two statements from the last few days, than show reporting of the Idi Amin era. There been over 100 arrested, 49 students issued for release today after the Buganda Court and one confirmed dead after the last days protest at Makerere. Surely, a sign off what the government and authorities does. There also been reports of gun-shots and muffling of journalists, also road-blocks to the University. Therefore, very little information coming out from there. That’s why the verification and the total numbers after the raids, the guns, tear-gas and other violations of the University is uncertain at this point. Therefore, its fitting to show the Idi Amin era too, because there is where we are heading with this sort of mess.

Francis Zaake MP statement:

The Guild President Kateregga Julius and other concerned parties who went to check on the detained students at Wandegeya Police Station were blocked for no good reason. As a legislator, I am also concerned about why the military has of late taken over police duties whenever citizens – or students in this case – stage peaceful protests. This is not the role originally envisaged for the army when the UPDF Act was being enacted by Parliament. Ironically, almost none of the armed men responsible for today’s brutality can ably afford to educate their son or daughter at Makerere using their meagre salary” (Saabi Marvin – ‘OPINION: With the Current Tuition Trend, Students Like Suubi Won’t Dare Carry their Metallic Suitcases to Makerere in 5 Years – MP Zaake’ 23.10.2019, CampusBee).

Prof Twinomugisha statement:

What happened in Lumumba is reminiscent of Amin soldiers’ brutal treatment of students and lecturers. Anyone pretending that the situation is normal is like the proverbial ostrich hiding his or her head under the sand. Imagine your son or daughter in a room. Military thugs forcifully open the door, pull him or her out amidst beatings. Your daughter being raped, molested or assaulted! Ladies and gentlemen, this militarization of all institutions, including the Ivory Tower, the citadel of higher learning, must be condemned by all people of good conscience” (Prof Ben Twinomugisha – Statement, 25.10.2019).

Here we have seen statements made on what has happen during this week. Now we will go back in time to the authorities back-in-the-day, the ones that the President was supposed to liberate this students from.

Under Idi Amin:

His statement also coincided with reports that the vice-chancellor of Uganda’s Makerere University and two other academics had been arrested, and possibly killed; and that the elimination squads of the State Research Bureau (SRB) and Public Safety Unit (psu)—whose ranks are made up mainly of Muslim members of Amin’s own tribe, the Kakwa, and other loyal “Nubians” from the west Nile area— were once again at work among the Christians of the Acholi and Langi tribes” (Stewart Sommerlad – ‘Of course Amin must go. The question is: who’ll send him?’, 07.03.1977, Maclean’s).

Vice Chancellor Frank Kalimuzo disappeared in 1972 after provoking Amin’s wrath. In 1976, secret police shot and killed law student Paul Serwanga and dragged away the leader of a women’s dormitory, Nanziri Bukenya. Her body was found later in the countryside. Makerere students staged two major protests in 1976. The first spread into downtown Kampala and was joined by thousands of non-students. The second was confined to the campus and brutally broken up by security forces” (David Crary – ‘‘Oxford of E. Africa’ Tries to Rise Again : Uganda’s Esteemed Makerere University Crippled by Amin’s Terror, Neglect, War” 29.12.1985, LA Times).

Kampala — President Amin addressed Makerere on March 8, 1976 over the shooting of law student Paul Sserwanga in Kampala. After the address, State Research agents and military policemen arrested three suspected student leaders of the anti-Amin demonstration staged the previous day” (Fred Guwedekko – ‘Uganda: 1976: Idi Amin becomes ‘Dr’, 05.07.1998, The Monitor).

We are still not at the point where the soldiers are killing and taking people away to unknown locations. But we have seen bad footage of situations, where the students are getting violated, where the soldiers are tormenting them at night. This is what the soldiers are doing to civilians or students, who are justified to raise their concerns over the raising prices of their fees. They have only a few small avenues to talk about their concerns and the best way to get one the radar of those in power. Is to actually with protests and marches.

Therefore, the answer of the state to do this to them. Is actually devastating, that the ones supposed to shield the Republic is hurting them. This isn’t enemies of the state, spies or murders even, these are average students or citizens who happen to study at Makerere. That is why this shows at what extent this government goes to silence dissidents. That they are torturing them and tear-gasing them.

The acts of Idi Amin has been said to be bad, but the acts under Museveni is clearly not better. He uses soldiers to address to students. That’s the sort of tyrant he is, he cannot listen or do the right thing.

What is more striking, that the UPDF are breaching parts of the UPDF Act of 2005. Which is too ensure harmony with civilians. What they have been doing this week is in breach of that and shows their intent. This isn’t how its supposed to be, but that is what they are doing. Instead they are inducing fear, intimidation and a violent crackdown, which haven’t been done there in years.

There are also unverified reports that today on the 25th October 2019, there are students who are killed by bullets. Shot dead by the soldiers on the campus today. “A few” students are the numbers, which cannot be specified, but surely that will come out. As every single student hurt by this is scorn for life. The state did this to them. The UPDF who supposed to keep them safe, made them unsafe and even took some of their lives.

They will known for the same acts as the ones the previous generation were known for overthrowing. That really says something about our time and how a liberator, became the same tyrant, as the ones he liberated the people from. Peace.

Opinion: Museveni, the liberator turned oppressor!

I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.”Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Back-in-the-day, in a far-away timeline, early in the mid-80s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was seen as the liberator, the one who bring hope and possible make a transformational change. However, with time his shown that power is more important than results, than achievements and even his own legacy.

The Republic came out of terrible civil-war, a bush-war, depleted and destroyed after several years of bad leadership, corruption, nepotism and all the ills a society can have. There is no doubt about that from Idi Amin, Tito Okello, Godfrey Binaisa, Milton Obote II and so on. However, with time his started to use their tricks and become like the ones he defeated.

What is more striking is that Museveni has taken techniques used by Mobutu and Moi too. Just because he has the hang of it and can use their skill-set locally where he reside. That is just what he does with power.

He strikes with furious anger, he brings his enemies to their knees and he hope that gifts will turn them over on his side. If they don’t, then they will perish, they will suffer and regret that they opposed him. That is just what he does.

Even amongst his own, the ones former allies and people closely connected has perished and vanished. They have died by mysterious ways. Still, people will not address this or hope that people forget they even lived.

That is why it is interesting, that all the yes men, praising tarmac, bridges and vanity projects. Isn’t seeing that his destroying the economy, his enforcing his will onto every breathing person in the Republic and his misusing his power by arresting, detaining and deciding whose legally in trouble.

If your wearing the right hat, if you have broken the right code and if your treacherous. That is all his decision to make. The President that either bless you or disgrace you. The President can either give you a bread or ensure your dead. That is what he does and what paths his walking on.

He overpowers institutions, he silence radios, he stops the broadcast, he ensures loadshedding and he even sends the army to signal his MPs of what is the right direction. That is what he does, and nothing stops him.

That’s the New Vision, that is the future, the past and present. All in the same memo. The President has no trouble house-arresting, detaining and using safe-houses to silence dissidents. He has no trouble scarring people for life for standing up against him. Using military and security organization to stifle the political movements opposing. That is what he does and frequently.

That is why the opposition are evil and dangerous, because they challenge him. They are boggling his mind and his spirit. The eternal overlord spirit of Nakasero and Okello House. The grandest chief and mastermind, the great schemer and autocrat with a flair.

The National Resistance Movement was in its inception made because of one rigged election in 1980. However, they have presided over rigged elections since 1996 and continues to this day. The charade and hoopla happens with every junction. The President whose supposed to make a difference.

Does just the same. His acts are even more despicable because of that, because he knows. In his heart, in his spirit and his mind, he knows all of this. But he will not say that. That he betrayed his mission, his life achievement and the goals of the liberation. If he does, than he says his a failure and with an ego like him. That will never happen.

He rather aim a gun at me and shoot, then saying he was wrong and that betrayed the NRA. Since, that is what his done. They didn’t go to the bush to get wealthier than God and let Karamoja starve. No, it came to power to liberate and make a new Republic. Which it has done, but also continued on the ill behaviours of the past. To say otherwise is naive. The dead doesn’t speak, neither the hurt in the villages. But there are many lives scorn, just so the President can be in power. Don’t doubt that, if you do, than your neglecting the facts.

There will be a day of reckoning. I don’t know when, but it will happen, eventually. Because nothing last forever. At one stage, the house will loose and the people will win. We just don’t know when the central leadership gives way. Peace.

Opinion: Why isn’t the NRM and Museveni celebrating 11th April 1979?

It is special that the National Resistance Movement are celebrating the Independence Day on the 9th October and the NRM on the 26th January every year. The President is busy celebrating the end of the Obote II and the Independence from the British Empire, but something weird is up. Especially, considering how the President the National Resistance Army/Movement are so proud of being part of what toppled the Presidency of Idi Amin. They are still never celebrating an important day.

The NRM and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni haven’t in years been celebrating the 11th April of 1979. It is like a day from the calender, that has vanished in thin air. The Independence of 9th October 1962 is relevant. The victory over Obote II and the bush-war, the 26th January 1986 is carved in stone. They got to celebrate it in lavish and nothing is speared in this manner.

However, the 11th April is forgotten or is done on purpose. Because Milton Obote remembers Museveni’s way of liberating Uganda on that day: “ On 11 April, 1979 when Kampala fell to the Kikosi Maalum and TPDF, Museveni was in Fort Portal staying with Princess Elizabeth Bagaya in the Omukama’s Palace which the TPDF who had captured the Town never damaged at all. On that same day, the President of the UNLF and all his ministers who attended the Conference at which the UNLF was formed except Museveni were, like me, in Dar es Salaam” (…) “When the mobilisers and others left, Paulo Muwanga gave me what he and President Nyerere had discussed. Paulo reported that in the long meeting with President Nyerere, the President kept repeating and emphasising three points. The first was that 11 April, 1979 was a glorious day for him, the President and Milton Obote who had overthrown a most brutal dictator. The second was that he, the President, was very much pained that his “comrade” Milton Obote was not happy and the third was that he, the President, could not understand why his comrade Milton Obote was regarding Lule and the UNLF as anything other than flies falling on a carcass. Paulo reported that President Nyerere used the word comrade and the expression “flies falling on a carcass” repeatedly” (Milton Obote – ‘THE UPC ROLE IN THE REMOVAL OF AMIN – PAPER BY A. MILTON OBOTE)

Because, certainly if Amin’s rule was bad and Museveni was proud of taking part of the overthrow of him. The President of today would have celebrated this, but alas, it seems more to be part of his history, that he wants to erase and not speak so loud about. Since, his role in the overthrow of Amin wasn’t as successful nor as big as the President wants it to be. That is why, he cannot celebrate a military victory, where he was hanging out in Fort Portal, when someone else invaded Kampala. That is why the President celebrates the 26th January and not 11th April. Since, in January it was him entering Kampala, while in April it was someone else who did it.

That is maybe why it isn’t an important date to Museveni. His vanity and his lack of courage, that he has to rewrite history and make people forget of his mediocre role. Is the reason, why he doesn’t celebrate the victory over the Amin years. The brutality of Amin and the killings of Amin. As him as President didn’t get rid of him, but got rid of Obote II and others.

Certainly as a part of the newly transitional council, Museveni should take some credit and his participation from exile meant something. However, there are also evidence of his lacking resources and soldiers for the combat. But, the others saw the need for their and gave him a space in the National Consultative Council, interim government post-Amin.

That is why its weird for me, that he celebrates two other dates, which was ending of other people’s reign, but the President who usually credits himself as the saviour from dictatorships. Are not celebrating the one said to be the worst in time or his conscious playing tricks on him? As he feels guilty that he is acting as Amin and ordering killings in the same manner as he did?

Because, there got to be a reason, as this was a jubilant day and with celebrations in the streets of Kampala on the 11th April 1979. Surely, the ones celebrating on the streets might not be living anymore. But the legacy and the history of that day is out there.

Darton reported on the 30th April 1979: “ KAMPALA, Uganda — When Tanzanian soldiers and Ugandan exiles marched into Kampala on April 11, they found the carnage left by the institution.’ alized brutality of a state gone insane” (John Darton – ‘Idi Amin: A Savior Who Became The Creator of 8 Years of Horror’ 30.04.1979, New York Times).

With this in mind, the state should celebrate this. A ending of one tyrant, however the current one is maybe not so jolly about remembering his end. Since, that even remind him, that his day will come too? Peace.

FYI: If you calculate this year, 2019 is actually 40 years since it happen. A fourth decade since the Tanzanian army went in and invaded Uganda to free them from Amin’s rule. Still, it doesn’t seem to matter to Museveni. Just a footnote in the scheme of things.